Happy Friday Nova Nation! I hope you brought an umbrella with you today, because apparently the sky is falling. Media coverage of the team’s outlook for next season have ranged from mixed to downright dismal. But personally, there’s one simple reason to ignore any negative press: Jay Wright is the best college basketball coach in America.
I know it’s been a while since it last happened, but Wright didn’t always walk into each season with an elite team poised for a Championship run. In fact, for most of his career he’s had to develop and mold his teams throughout the season in order to prepare them for a deep post-season run. What’s changed in his recent run of success is that he’s really locked into finding the players that will respond best to his coaching philosophies.
That recruiting element has been a real key for Villanova, and the guys over at DribbleHandoff.com have highlighted exactly how much of an advantage recruiting has given the Wildcats. While having the best talent on the floor will certainly win you games, Wright has shown that developing the best players on the floor will win you championships. While next year’s team may not set all-time records and dominate the college basketball world, it doesn’t mean they won’t still be on top of it.
In other “news”, the media weighs in on the departures of DiVincenzo and Spellman, Villanova has 4 top 40 NBA prospects in the draft, and Dwayne Anderson’s return is officially official according to officials. Enjoy!
Recruit and Develop the Wright Way | Dribble Handoff
"Expect more Villanova titles."
Four Villanova players are leaving for the NBA Draft, and that's a bad sign for the champs | CBS Sports
Losing that much NBA talent has usually meant a significant step back for previous NCAA champs.
Donte DiVincenzo, Omari Spellman decisions make for real challenges ahead for Villanova - Philly
There will be more available playing time, and more questions, at Villanova this year.
How the NBA draft will impact these college basketball programs | NCAA.com
Here are the 20 most impactful NBA draft decisions for college basketball teams next season.
2018 NBA Draft: Top 100 Prospects Post-Early Entry Deadline | SI.com
With the NCAA’s early-entry deadline behind us and the NBA draft three weeks away, the Front Office ranks the top 100 prospects. Villanova: 10) Mikal Bridges, 23) Donte DiVincenzo, 29) Jalen Brunson, 37) Omari Spellman
'09 Standout Anderson Joins Basketball Staff | Villanova.com
Dwayne Anderson, who played at Villanova from 2005-09, has returned to Villanova as the Director of Basketball Operations. Mike Nardi has been elevated to the role of Assistant Coach.
Villanova’s NBA exodus proves 2018 title team one of the most talented we’ve seen | NBC Sports
At some point we need to recognize just how truly special last year's Villanova team was.